Best EpiPen Bags For Teens (That They’ll Actually Use)

For parents of children with allergies, it can be challenging transitioning to the teenage years. When they are young, we are usually responsible for carrying our child’s medication and keeping them safe at all times. As our kids get older, they start to take on responsibility for themselves. That includes carrying their own EpiPens or other autoinjectors, or any other medications they need on hand. Teaching them to remember their EpiPens is so important, and will be easier if they can carry them in a way they feel comfortable. We share our tried and tested EpiPen bags for teens that they’ll be happy to use.

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Does your teen need an insulated bag?

It’s important to keep EpiPens and other epinephrine autoinjectors protected from temperature extremes. The manufacturers recommend that EpiPens be ideally be kept at temperatures between of 20-25 °C (68-77 °F). This can extend to 15-30 ºC (59-86 ºF) when out and about. So an insulated bag is often the best choice for carrying your EpiPens. This is especially the case if you are heading out in very hot or very cold weather, or to the beach or the snow. See our post – Making friends with your EpiPen – for more about caring for autoinjectors.

However many insulated bags are large and bulky medicine bags. They are often red or brightly coloured and designed to be readily identifiable at school or day care.

While staying safe with allergies is important, many teenagers don’t want to draw attention to being ‘different’. This includes by lugging around a brightly coloured medical bag.

Fortunately we’ve found that when EpiPens need insulation, teens are still happy to use a simple insulated bag (like a Pracmedic case), but carry it inside another bag.

Preferred EpiPen bags for teens

The best way to get your teenager to remember to carry their EpiPens is to let them choose the bag they are going to use. An insulated medication bag can easily fit inside a normal sports backpack. Other options to look at include a fashionable purse or handbag, or a practical cross body bag. Cross body bags come in all sorts of options including sports, fashion or travel bags.

black cross body bag with EpiPens and antihistamine tablets over denim jacket

I have a very handy black and white cross body travel bag that not only looks good. It also works perfectly for carrying medications, phone, keys and other small items. Our teens favour a small Adidas backpack for carrying personal items. If you let your teen chose their bag, they are less likely to be embarrassed at having to take it with them wherever they go.

Options when your teen can’t or won’t take a bag

School can be tricky if your child is required to leaves bags in a home room or lockers. If your teen needs to carry their own EpiPens to different locations whilst at school, a zipped pencil case is a popular option.

What about other times when they don’t want to or can’t take a bag? This could be if your teenager is out exercising, going to a show or to listening to a band, or just wants to be bag free.

A waist pack (also known as a “bum bag” or “fanny pack”, depending on where you are from) can be a great option.

Try a running belt

If your teen is looking for something less conspicuous, we really love SPIbelt. This running belt clips around the waist and is designed to be worn underneath clothing. The belt has an expandable zip up pocket that easily accommodates 2 EpiPens and some antihistamine. Alternatively you can get the SPIbelt dual pocket version which has 2 zip up compartments. We have the dual pocket SPIbest as we can easily carry not just EpiPens and other medications, but also phone and keys too.

The great thing about the SPIbelt is it is designed for exercise. SPIBelt was designed by a runner and is really comfortable to wear. It sits snuggly against the body doesn’t ride up or bounce with waking, running, hiking (or even dancing). In fact it is such a great idea that even our family members without allergies love using it for taking essentials when exercising or going out.

The only downside of the SPIBelt is that it isn’t insulated. So if you are planning to venture out for a full day in the heat or cold, I’d opt for one of other ideas that can fit an insulated pouch inside.

More ways to keep your teenager with allergies safe

If you teenager is willing, it’s still a good idea to use an EpiPen bag tag on a backpack or purse to let people know that there is life saving autoinjector inside.

They should also be wearing a medical alert in case of emergency. Fortunately you can reassure your teen that they won’t have to wear a chunky steel bracelet of that’s not their style. There are a lot of great modern medical alerts available now. You can find everything from pretty beaded bracelets or dog tag necklaces to silicone sleeves forwatch bands that have QR codes for easy access to medical information.

Another good idea to is to have your teenager enter any allergies and emergency contact information on their phone for easy access to by first responders. They can also install the free Allergy Pal App, to store a digital copy of their anaphylaxis Action Plan and easily access advice on what to do in case of a reaction.

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